How to Buy a Man's Belt

by Fashion, Style & Personal Care Editor

How to Buy a Man's Belt. If you need a finish to a man's outfit, a belt or handkerchiefs for the pocket are ideal accessories to set it off. The problem that comes is that most men don't know what their belt size is. In order to overcome the problem, there are a few steps to take before you buy a man's belt.

Step 1

Measure the waist for the person wearing the belt. You need to add 2 to 3 inches to the size when you buy a man's belt. If the waist size is 34, get a 36 or 37 belt. When you buy a man's belt, you want to make sure that the stem of the buckle fits in the middle hole.

Step 2

Choose the appropriate color, matching the shoes and the belt to get a finished look. The shoes should go with the outfit. If you have a black suit, don't buy a brown belt.

Step 3

Make certain the belt isn't more costly than the shoes. You need good quality in both, but if you pay a huge amount for the belt and wear shabby shoes, you still look bad. Get something that's good quality with a comfortable price.

Step 4

Purchase a leather belt if you want to use it with a suit. Leather belts are dressier. Cloth belts tend to be more informal and go well with khakis and shorts.

Step 5

Select a belt buckle that goes with the outfit. When you buy a man's belt for a formal occasion, you don't want a large belt buckle. Simplicity for formal wear and that big turquoise belt buckle for those jeans and cowboy hat is a rule of thumb.

Step 6

Keep the width down to 1 1/2 inches if you buy a man's belt for formal occasions. Anything wider is strictly for casual wear.